SCBA forms com­mit­tee to probe Maria’s killing in Mur­ree

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD—The Supreme Court Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (SCBA) on Wed­nes­day has formed a three mem­ber Com­mit­tee to thor­oughly en­quire and probe into the mat­ter of killing of 19 years young woman Maria in Mur­ree last month.

Syed Ali Za­far, Pres­i­dent, Supreme Court Bar As­so­ci­a­tion of Pak­istan (SCBAP) has con­demned the fact that hun­dreds of women are be­ing killed in Pak­istan with im­punity and the cul­prits are get­ting away with day­light mur­der, a state­ment says.

He stated that vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren must be stopped, at all costs, and the only way to do it is to pun­ish the sadis­tic cul­prits with the full force of law, and en­sure that no one gets away. He stated that the un­for­tu­nate as­pect is that there have been too many cases where fe­male and child vic­tims have re­ceived no jus­tice from the le­gal sys­tem.

Bar­ris­ter Za­far said that he has rea­son to be­lieve that the young woman, Maria, who has died af­ter be­ing tor­tured and set on fire for re­fus­ing the marriage pro­posal, like the oth­ers, too will only be­come a statis­tic, while the crim­i­nals will be set free.

To en­sure that no one is able to avoid and abuse the process of law, the Pres­i­dent SCBA has con­sti­tuted a Com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of two past Pres­i­dents of SCBA, Ms. Asma Ja­hangir and Mr. Kam­ran Mur­taza and the Mem­ber Ex­ec­u­tive of SCBA, Ms. Tehmi­naMo­hibul­lah, to thor­oughly en­quire and probe into the mat­ter in Mur­ree, par­tic­u­larly to en­sure that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the crime is be­ing con­ducted in a cred­i­ble man­ner and in ac­cor­dance with law, the cul­prits are brought to jus­tice and there­after to sub­mit a re­port to the SCBA.

He showed his dis­ap­point­ment at the lack of re­sponse from the Min­istry of Hu­man Rights in the Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ments, and stated that SCBA will now take up the is­sue as a Hu­man Rights case based on the re­port of the Com­mit­tee.

It is worth men­tion­ing here that a 19year-old woman Maria was burnt alive over re­ject­ing a mat­ri­mo­nial pro­posal of the school-owner named Mas­ter Shaukat in a vil­lage near Mur­ree, suc­cumbed to in­juries on June 01.—Sabah

Takashi Ku­rai, Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan called on PM’s Fo­cal Per­son on Po­lio, Se­na­tor Aysha Raza on Wed­nes­day.

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